Top 10 Photography Apps and Resources

Hi, in this video I’m going to give you
my top 10 photography apps and resources to make you photography life easier
better more efficient and more fun… let’s go!! Hi I’m Adam and welcome to First Man
Photography. Now I often get asked about what photography apps I’m using and in
this overcrowded world of photography apps it can quickly get overwhelming so
I thought I’d put this list together I’ve curated myself to show you what I’m
using on a regular basis and which apps are really helping me solve a problem
okay let’s get into this. First up we have the Lightroom app now I talked
about the whole Lightroom and Adobe ecosystem a couple of weeks ago and I hope a few of you have checked that out it is brilliant but one of the
things I really like about the app is it lets me just go into a photo and edit it
or tweak it a little bit before I’m gonna post it on social media one of the
other great things about the Lightroom app is that it has a native camera built
into it and that captures DNG RAW files and the amount of adjustments and data
that’s captured in those RAW files really can take your iphone or android
photography to the next level in the post-processing also with the Lightroom
app as well today you can make some pretty advanced adjustments and that
includes things like ND grads it’s a really great app give it a try. Number
two is Photopills, it’s an app I’ve talked about a few times before and it’s
basically the Swiss Army knife of photography it’s got something there
probably for almost all photographers it’s got things like exposure
calculators it’s got a planner to help you plan your shoots and photography. It
will help you do your nighttime photography things like at the milky way
shots it’s got a time-lapse mode that lets you measure your time lapses and
get the right period of time and the right number of shots it measures the
hyperfocal distance it’s also got a brilliant AR or augmented reality mode
where you just point it and you can see exactly where the Sun is going to set or
the moon is going to rise in your field of vision it’s a great app I’ve talked
about before it is a little bit expensive now it’s about £10,
expensive for an app, but it’s still well worth it for a lot of photographers next
up is the Canon camera Connect app now I’m sorry if you choose Nikon but this
is something that you should push Nikon to be putting into their
cameras a lot of the new Canon cameras have a built-in Wi-Fi and that now lets
you remotely connect to your tablet or your phone and it lets you have remote
control of the camera. It’s something I’ve found myself using more and more
and more recently if you look I’m currently controlling the camera with
the iPad here and you can control exposure you can start and stop
recording for video you can use it if you are doing landscape photography
you’ve got your camera really close to the ground you can adjust your exposure
and you can actually take the shot from your phone when you’re out in the field
and it’s an absolute game changer it doesn’t mean you’re bending down to your
camera all the time once you’ve got it set and it’s just a really nice app
that’s just making my life much easier it’s letting me do more as well which is
why it’s important to me for example when I’m at a wedding if I have the
camera like this set up on a tripod doing video I can be with another camera
taking photographs and always controlling the other camera on the tripod, it
is a game changer that’s taking things to another level just giving you a new
level of control and allowing much more multitasking than we could do in the
past. Number four is a weather app if you do any kind of shooting outside of
whatsoever you’re going to want to check your weather app on a regular basis I
use for here in the UK the BBC weather app it is not the most accurate one but
it does let you list lots of different places that you attend so you can
quickly monitor all those different places I don’t want to use actually an
app for weather that’s too specific and too accurate because that can sometimes
put you off actually going out sometimes the BBC weather app just shows it’s
gonna be average so I’ll head out it might go bad it might go great but
I’m out there capturing moments that otherwise might not have caught like
this shot of the lighthouse in a lightning storm
I am clutching at straws a little bit but I think out of that it’s actually
forced me to think a little bit harder about how I can pull a composition out
of this situation so the vlog isn’t a total failure. Next I’m using the
Ordnance Survey map app. A map app is going to be important Google Maps for
example you need it to get to the places you want
to shoot you photography if you’ve not been there before but when I’m out and
about in the wilderness doing my landscape photography the Ordnance
Survey app is absolutely brilliant it has all the different types of map on
there the Ordnance Survey produced the land Ranger ones and the Explorer ones
all those kind of things and it sinks in with your GPS on your phone
so you always know where you are it’s important to stay safe when you’re out
and about in a wilderness know where you are the OS map app does that really well
it’s about 20 pounds for a year subscription but with that you get all
the maps and you can download them onto your phone so when you’re in the mountains
where there’s no signal you can still use those maps and see where you are on
it. You might want to take a battery charger as well just to make sure your
phone doesn’t die I’m intending to talk about that a little bit more and show
you how it works in an upcoming video 500px that’s the next one it’s
something I’ve been pretty slow in getting on to 500px is a sort of photo
sharing social web site and it’s sort of replaced what Flickr used to be Flickr
is dead, oh my goodness what have they done it used to be great. But 500px
has kind of taken up the mantle that Flickr has left behind you can see some
really good quality images on there you’re not getting all the rubbish that
you see on Instagram. You see the pictures in nice high resolution as well
and it seems to be a pretty good community on there they’ve also started
to introduce a few features for professional photographers. A
marketplace, websites that kind of thing it’s not something that I’ve delved into
yet but I am now on 500px so I’d love it if you could give me a follow at
first my photography @500px . And next that leads us on to Instagram….. you know
why….. and if you’re not… should. The next one is also from Instagram but it’s
the Hyperlaps app. This is there to create those walking hype lapses and the way it works is by digitally stabilizing the footage
so gets those really nice Hyperlapses. What it’s also great for though is if
you turn it round landscape size you can shoot it but you can slow it down to 1
times speed so you just end up with digitally stabilized footage straight
onto your iPhone that looks beautiful if you get some nice interesting footage
with it. It’s an app I’ve used a bit now it’s really good and it’s FREE
so well worth a try particularly if you’re doing video. Next up is Medium, now if you
haven’t heard of it, Medium is a blogging platform where some of the newest
writers and some of the best writers all contribute and there’s just so much
there to read and the written word is there front and center there’s some
great photography stuff on there as well I’ve been writing for some time now for
one of the biggest photography publications on there called Vantage
it’s well worth checking out with some great photography articles on there it’s
a really nice community there there’s a lot of positivity and Medium is a good
place to check out if you’re interested in reading some of you contact number
ten is the humble website we are all now operating on our phones most of the time
but there’s still lots out there on traditional websites I’m talking about
photography blogging sites like Peta Pixel and F-Stoppers that are both great.
You’ve got Canon rumors and Nikon rumors that are always quite good fun and
you’ve also got things like Skippy sky that can help with you sunrise and
sunsets and of course you’ve got the First Man Photography website. The
apps I’ve talked about have saved me time they’ve made me more efficient and
that just lets me do more and more and more and therefore get better. Hopefully
they can do same for you anyway I’ll put a link down below to everything I’ve
mentioned and please do leave a comment and let me know if I’ve missed anything
what do you like to use? Share your ideas with everybody else that’d be really
appreciated so I hope you’ve enjoyed the video please do subscribe to the channel
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another one very very soon I’m Adam this is First Man Photography
in the studio, Out!!!! Who’s there? ……..Hello what say you doing have you come to see
me. What are you watching?


  1. Jasper V.W. November 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Nikon has a transfer app that runs off Bluetooth

  2. Biff Yeager November 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Great suggestions! Keep up the great work!

  3. Iain Macleod November 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I also use the OS maps app and have the annual subscription. The app is great, but one of my favourite features of the subscription is that I can print out custom maps for my trips. I print my required area onto an A4 sheet of waterproof paper and it saves me carrying a full OS map sheet.

  4. Nicky foulkes November 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Instagram as I have said before is a pain on windows. You have to download Instapic to upload from windows to Instagram and it is slow and a pain in the ……… I would like to know more though Adam about the OS map system. I looked briefly when it was first announced but £20 per annum is a lot of money.Await with interest.

  5. Sk Firoj November 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm


  6. Jason Edwards Photography November 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Very helpful. Had to laugh cos I went to the holy building yesterday and I'm just doing the shot I took in lr whilst watching this.

  7. Ryan Mutch November 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Another good app that I use pretty frequently is Snapseed. Not quite all the functions of the Lightroom app but still a good app that can process DNGs and is pretty fun to use.

  8. Nick Simpson November 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Jumped all over Photopills after hearing you mention it in an earlier video Adam. Great app and worth the money, it does just about everything but take the shot for you!

  9. nogroove November 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Adam. Thx for the video. Good information. Question… how do you organize your photo images on your computer. I use Lightroom classic and because it does not really copy my images I always copy my images into a file. I then import into Lightroom. Problem is the picture file is getting massive and organization a bit sloppy. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I almost need a asset management software…..

  10. lord strong November 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    for us Nikon users Nikon wireless mobile utility works great

  11. scotty4418 November 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Adam, followed your recommendations on a few of the apps you've featured to date and have photopills and the OS apps on my phone. Will check out the others I haven't looked at.

    Loved Canon Connect when I had a 750d but moved to a 5d Mark ii and don't have wifi and certainly when I change my camera the next time, will be looking for the wifi feature as I miss it

  12. steven peachey November 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    nice one adam

  13. Miguel A. Corona November 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Great help Adam. I'll take a look at some of these – especially the LR & Hyper app which I've been meaning to check out for some time. I LOVE Photopills and use it often. Adorable daughter!!! Cheers!

  14. Avalon649 November 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    hi adam great vid you should also check clear outside and snapseed apps they are both free and really helpful

  15. ΝΟΜΛ November 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    thanks adam. one question please, using LR on a phone/tablet — how can an edit be trusted for accuracy if the screen is unlikely to have been calibrated?

  16. Mcguppy November 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Again, very nice video. Didn’t know photopills before you mentioned it in an earlier video, but then I already had TPE, also works great for planning.

  17. Rob Outen Photography November 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Really helpful vlog Adam. Thanks for highlighting the apps that work for you as there is so many out there you can never be too sure what's good and what's cr#p! Also just wanted to add that I'm really enjoying the direction your channel is taking as the quality is superb. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Joe H November 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Flickr is not dead what are you on about? I love it. 500px is good and you get more likes if you're into that kind of thing but Flickr is still top dog imho. Weird thing about 500px is all the top photos/photographers seem to have the same look – that sort of washed out film look. Gets a bit tedious.

  19. Keith Grafton November 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the tip on Hyperlapse, hadn't heard of it but it does look interesting.

  20. John November 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    The TPE app (The Photographers Ephemeris) is good for plotting Sun and moon directions etc but fairly advanced and expensive. I've also been impressed by GoldenHour (iOS) that gives predictions for light at Sunrise and Sunset as a score out of 10 for next seven days. It's proved to be a fairly accurate guide for me. That said, it needs a iOS11 update as a few UI issues.

  21. David Burn November 5, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Adam, I shoot a lot of seascapes & find a tide app absolutely essential, not just for photography, but safety.

  22. Jim Hamilton November 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Lots of great information on this video Adam.

  23. Chris Ross November 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks, Adam. I also use TPE and PhotoPills but hadn't come across Hyperlapse. Must check it out.
    Also, it would be nice if some of the apps would work (OK, maybe with reduced bells and whistles) in areas without a phone / data signal.
    OT – are you going to do a My Little Pony video with your cute guest presenter? :-))

  24. chris eastty November 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Damn, where was this video two weeks ago when I was doing video in Disneyland 😞😞. Could of done Wiggett the Hyperlapse app. Good video again matey

  25. Glen Domulevicz November 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Good app selection. A new one for me is Hyperlapse. I just downloaded it and will give it a go later today. PhotoPills is one I often see UK vlogers favoring. I have a few other apps that overlap some of the features of PhotoPills. Maybe I will just give it a go as well. And I am a Nikon user, sadly missing out on remotely controlling my camera with my iPhone. SnapBridge is not worth anyone's effort. Thanks for your insights, again.

  26. Peter Yates November 5, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    A couple I use quite frequently; SKRWT for quick edits and My Gear Vault for managing and recording my equipment

  27. adamaj November 6, 2017 at 12:31 am

    For weather I love Dark Sky. Wherever I'm at it tells me what's going on down to the minute. If it says it's going to rain in 5 minutes, it does!

  28. Amol Gamer November 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I'm a Nikon user😑…

  29. David's World November 6, 2017 at 10:10 am

    so this episode was sponcered by my little pony.

  30. Paul Compton PDphotography November 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Adam helpful stuff

  31. Joe Valencia Photography November 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I use an app named, Bimostitch, on my android phone. It stitches together panoramas – you can use the built-in camera or any photos on the phone. The quality of the stitching is terrific. I also use a camera app named, OpenCamera, and I use Photoshop Express, in addition to Lightroom for Mobile.

  32. Len Y November 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Great ideas Adam and I’ll look into a few of those apps. Cheers thanks for this video 👍🏽

  33. Nigel Danson November 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Really good video Adam – well executed and good tips! 👍

  34. Ian Bennett November 7, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Awesome suggestions Adam, thanks. One app I use constantly and I recommend to anyone who uses ND filters, is the Lee ProGlass app. It will tell you what settings you need for all ND's including a combination of 2 filters and then even gives you a timer if you need it for longer exposures than your camera can do. Check it out. 😁

  35. prad k's photography November 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Great job and a load of thanks. But I just wonder why didn't you mention Snapseed?

  36. Teresa hikes November 7, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Nikon has a wifi app. my d5500 has wifi. I don't ever use it though

  37. tonybassplayer November 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Great vlog Adam and going to pick up on those that I hadn't seen before. I've even starting my very first vlog as I am away in Scotland this week lol

  38. JR Navickas November 8, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Nikon has a remote app for these models

  39. Charles Welch November 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I've been using flickr for years, yes it changes. Sometimes for the good.
    Great vlog by the way, easy to follow and understand.

  40. Phil Morgan January 25, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Nice! Downloaded 500px, Hyper lapse and Medium. Thanks for the recommendations.

  41. carl edwards May 26, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    A great app is clear outside

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